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Long-Term Capital Gains Enhanced with Covered Call Writing

Covered call writing can be crafted to meet a multitude of trading styles, goals and personal risk tolerances. In this article, I will highlight yet another situation where we may utilize this great strategy. In this common hypothetical, we are preparing to sell a stock that has substantially appreciated in value and represents a source […]

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“How to Manage Put Sales After a Gap-Up in Price” – Ask Alan 139

Alan answers a question posed by David, who asks: Alan, When AVCO was trading at $238, I mistakenly sold the out-of-the-money $235 put for $6. I didn’t realize that there was a June 1st earnings report which caused the stock price to move up to $254. I’m not sure how to manage this position at […]

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Buying Back Put Options When Share Price Gaps Up: A Real-Life Example with AVGO

When selling cash-secured puts our position management skills include buying back the short puts under certain circumstances. These include situations when share price moves up or down dramatically. When share price declines below the breakeven, we start losing money. Our guideline is to buy back the sold put if share price declines by more than […]

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Holding a Stock Through an Earnings Report: A Real-Life Example with AVGO

Never sell a covered call or cash-secured put option if there is an upcoming earnings report prior to contract expiration. I have been emphasizing this rule for over a decade in my books, DVDs, seminars and videos. There are times, however, when we have confidence in positive earnings reports based on historical data. In these rare cases, […]

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Earnings Reports and Rolling Options

When we sell a covered call and share price rises dramatically, there is a tendency to roll up in order to capture additional future share appreciation. The most common reason for a gap-up in price is a favorable earnings report. In mid-May 2017 Tim wrote me about a series of trades he executed that involved […]

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Selecting the Best Put Strike Based on Overall Market Assessment

Selling cash-secured puts requires us to master the three required skills: stock (or ETF) selection, option selection and position management. This article will highlight how to select a put strike based on our overall market assessment.   Market assessment data published in BCI newsletters Investor Business Daily’s market assessment Dr. Eric Wish’s GMI Index BCI […]

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Why Would a Call Buyer Exercise, Rather than Sell, an In-The-Money Call Option?

When we write a covered call, there is a trader or market-maker buying that call on the other side of the trade. We know that as expiration approaches, the time value of options tends to approach zero (Theta effect). With that in mind I received an email from Marcos in early May 2017 astutely asking […]

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ETF Index Tracker Proposed Strategy: A Risk-Free Investment?

Using covered call writing and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is a viable approach to generating monthly cash flow. I personally use this strategy in my mother’s portfolio. Can this investment style be expanded to include inverse ETFs to move this expanded path to a near risk-free system? In April 2017, Rushbabh, a member from Australia, was kind enough […]

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Naked Options versus Covered Options: Where Should We Take a Stand?

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are more conservative strategies than trading naked options (selling calls and puts without having the resources to execute the potential trade obligations, if exercised). A naked call occurs when a speculator writes (sells) a call option on a security without ownership of that security. It is one of […]

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Why Option Buyers Pay More for In-The-Money Strikes

When we sell an in-the-money covered call, we are taking a defensive posture and using the intrinsic value component of the premium to protect the time value initial profit. As an example, let’s look at New Oriental Education (NYSE: EDU) on April 7, 2017: EDU priced at $61.50 $60.00 (ITM) call priced at $3.55 Expiration […]

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